Democratic Representative from New York who served the 11th District from 2007 to 2013. He was elected to represent the 9th District in 2013.
In 2001, she took over a seat on the New York City Council previously held by her mother and headed up numerous task forces, including one dedicated to HIV/AIDS and one on sanitation.
She was highly critical of the Bush administration, including the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the enactment of the Patriot Act.
Her parents were Jamaican immigrants to Brooklyn and her mother held a seat on the New York City Council for more than ten years.
In September of 2012, she was interviewed by Stephen Colbert for his Better Know a District segment.